Bowling for VON

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Janie Oickle, Lois Wightman, Bob Estabrooks, and Carol Curley of VON get ready for a weekend of bowling and fundraising. 

AMHERST – Bowling can be more than just fun game, it can also be an opportunity to give back to a community.

This weekend VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) Cumberland and King Pin Bowling are working in partnership to raise money in support of VON Cumberland’s Charitable programs such as Meals on Wheels, adult day programs and many others.

Teams of six are encouraged to come down to the Bowling Alley to support a great cause, said Fonda Hutchinson, co-ordinator of volunteer services with VON Cumberland.

Last year’s event was very successful so they decided to return.

“We’re hoping for an even bigger success this year,” Hutchinson said.

Without the community’s support, organizations such as VON would struggle, she said

“We’re very thankful for the local support.”

Doug Thompson, owner of King Pin Bowling for 36 years, said they host events like this for several organizations. If someone’s in business and there’s a way to help people, then they should do it, he said.

“I live by the saying, everybody needs somebody sometimes, no matter who you are or what you got.”

It’s a great feeling to help others in need, Thompson said.

“People are very appreciative. It’s good for us and it’s good for them. It makes you feel good at the end of the day.”

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